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Possibility of the Opposition forming a 'Mahagathbandhan' against BJP juggernaut is a farce
Everybody knows that when sworn enemies Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad Yadav joined hands just before Bihar Assembly elections, it was not out of love for each other but for saving their individual skins.

When Congress too joined this coalition as a junior partner, it became a winning combination and this coalition did stop the BJP juggernaut in the Bihar Assembly elections. Since then, Opposition parties have been making efforts to come together and form a 'Mahagathbandhan' against Modi. These developments have got further fillip after recent Assembly elections in five states including UP where results have gone in Modi's favour at a score of 4/1. The most spectacular victory for Modi came in the Hindi heartland state of Uttar Pradesh where BJP won 325 out of 403 seats.

There is no doubt that after the spectacular victory in UP for the BJP, the Opposition parties, both in UP and pan India are in a disarray. Most of these political parties are now suddenly feeling that their so called secularism is in jeopardy, and hence, they must unite against Modi to form a Mahagathbandhan to defeat the BJP. Their silly concept is that if they unite then the people of India will also unite and they will defeat Modi. What these people are failing to understand is that elections are not a zero sum game and it does not necessarily mean that if they unite their respective vote shares will also unite.

After 70 years of independence and with the advent of internet and mobile phones, Indian voter is much more knowledgeable and expects accountability from his or her elected representative. In the past 70 years history of India, twice the Opposition united against erstwhile Congress governments and won. First such instance was in 1977 and the second in 1989. However, in both cases, there was a strong anti-incumbent undercurrent against Congress. In 1977, it was the Emergency and in 1989, the Bofors scam.

But, what issue exists today, over which the public might be resentful against the Modi government? Last year's demonetisation move by the Modi government was lapped up by the Opposition like a banana from the skies. Sonia Gandhi, the Congress president led a joint Opposition to the President. Mamata Banerjee, the CM of West Bengal and Arvind Kejriwal, the CM of Delhi almost went berserk on demonetisation. However, the people of the country were with Modi. The recent election results of five states are a case in point.

So, if the opposition does form a Mahagathbandhan now, it will be without a cause and is most unlikely to succeed. Besides, a coalition worked out just to defeat Modi in 2019 general elections will have a negative impact which the voters won't accept.

The next big question is, who will be the PM face, in case, a Mahagathbandhan is still formed? The most obvious choice would be Nitish Kumar, but will Mamata Banerjee accept him? Especially, when she herself is so keen for the post and more so after calling Nitish Kumar a traitor during demonetisation days.

Another question is, will Lalu Prasad Yadav accept Nitish Kumar as the PM? He may do so, if one of his sons is made the chief minister of Bihar, but will Nitish Kumar relinquish the post of CM of Bihar to become the PM? Then, the million dollar question is, will Congress accept anybody else except Rahul Gandhi as the PM? There are so many ifs and buts that all this talk of Opposition coming together to form a Mahagathbandhan, currently appears to be a sham or a farce. Even if they manage to come together, what will be the longevity of this Mahagathbandhan, is in itself a tough question!

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